Tuesday, December 29, 2020


Studio Montclair is delighted to formally announce the formation of “The Studio Montclair Art Academy,” a venture started in early 2020 that provides quality art instruction to underserved students, individuals who may not have access to resources enabling them to discover and express their own creative visions.

In the belief that everyone should have access to the nourishment and joy provided by the creative process, we have taken on a mission to “do the work” necessary to achieve equitable access to the arts for all. Seeking to provide an inclusive creative environment for everyone who wishes to tap into or strengthen their art skills, Studio Montclair’s experienced roster of professional art teacher/mentors offer online and in-studio instruction to students of all ages and people with disabilities. Our programs use differentiated instruction as a framework to effectively teach all students regardless of ability. Via our innovative programs, we cultivate creativity in students of various cultures, socioeconomic status, language, gender, age, disability, and personal interests.

We focus on delivering quality instruction by meeting each student where they are in their creative journey. This type of instruction—tailored to each individual—encourages personal stylistic approaches and amplifies the voices of underserved communities. The program builds meaningful relationships with each student through the creative process. Group classes and individual instruction are available year-round. In order to learn more about our teachers and see examples of student work go to the Student/Teacher Virtual Art Showcase at (Right: Vanessa M., Mountains)

Leading this program, we are pleased to introduce Armisey Smith, our new Director of Arts Education. Please contact Ms. Smith at if you have questions or need additional information.

Following are testimonials from students who have already experienced the benefits of this program:

“Art means independence and expression. I can speak feelings and thoughts using beautiful colors and creativity in everything I make for others to enjoy.”—Vanessa M

“I really enjoy all my art lessons with Sam. All of the projects are great and beautiful. I am very happy with everything. “—Kaitlin F

“He likes art because he learns new stuff, and it makes him feel good and keeps him busy. He loves his teacher and that she is the best! Thank you!”—
Luis L

I love the classes, I have learned a lot from you (Malik). Besides patience, I've learned how to focus and to have fun as I do. The program is awesome."—
Andrea W.

I like having class's kinda cool and relaxing."—
Joey P. (Above: Joey P., Fear City)

"I feel happy and excited by the classes and program."—
Danielle C.

About Armisey Smith:
Armisey Smith is a native of Brooklyn, NY. She received a BFA in illustration from Parsons School of Design, NYC and an MPS in Arts and Cultural Management from Pratt Institute, NYC. Her work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the tri-state area and she has been the lead artist on several public art mural projects in New Jersey.  Ms. Smith is a dedicated arts administrator, working artist, and educator. 

About Studio Montclair: Studio Montclair is an inclusive, nationwide non-profit organization of exhibiting, professional, and emerging artists and others interested in the visual arts. The mission of the organization is to promote culture, education, equality, and tolerance through art. Studio Montclair is committed to diversity at every level. Founded in 1997, the organization includes over 500 members. Studio Montclair is an approved Goods and Services provider through the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). For more information, contact, or call 862-500-1447. (Left: Abigal N., Sunset over the Brooklyn Bridge)


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